Communicating About Unproven Stem Cell Treatments to the Public

Nov 12 2019
In recent years, there has been a proliferation of unregulated stem cell clinics providing unproven treatments for patients with a variety of diseases, injuries, and congenital defects. With more than 700 stem cell clinics in operation within the United States alone, and many more worldwide, patients have increasing access to risky, untested options for serious...
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How Understanding Stem Cell Biology Can Improve Cancer Therapy

Oct 03 2019
Radiation therapy and chemotherapy have traditionally been considered the main forms of cancer treatment. While these treatments can be highly effective, they have significant negative side effects due to their unintended collateral toxicity on normal cells in the body. New treatments are needed to more safely treat cancers, which affect millions of people worldwide every...
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Injured or Misled by Unscrupulous Stem Cell Clinics? Here’s What You Can Do About It

Sep 10 2019
The Promise It is all too common today to come across ads declaring that stem cells can cure your [insert disease/condition here]. In fact, these marketing claims made by so-called “stem cell" clinics are everywhere: in newspapers, on billboards on your way to and from work, on the television and radio, and littered all over...
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Inspirational and Practical Messages from the First ISSCR Women in Science Luncheon

Aug 08 2019
The ISSCR hosted a panel of women at the leading edge of science to share their personal life experiences and discuss how they communicate in fields still largely dominated by men. The discussion, held at the 2019 annual meeting, was extremely inspiring; as a young woman in science, I learned a lot.
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The Stem Cell Conference Where Even the Smartest People Learn Something

Jul 05 2019
This month we are sharing a blog post from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). CIRM was created in 2004 with the approval of Proposition 71: the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative. The agency has funded 54 clinical trials of potential disease treatments, and in 2020 will be seeking additional funding for stem...
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